Federal Bar plans 'Gilman Award' lunch

The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will host the “2023 Leonard R. Gilman Award Luncheon” on Wednesday, April 19, beginning at 11:15 a.m. at the Atheneum Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Brush Street in Detroit.

The event celebrates the ideals of excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service embodied by Len Gilman and this year’s award recipient.  

The event’s keynote speakers will be Huel Perkins and Roop Ray of Fox 2 Detroit.  They will speak on the importance of mentorship.

The Gilman Award is given annually to an outstanding practitioner of criminal law who exemplifies the excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service of U.S. Attorney Len Gilman.  Alan Gershel wrote of him, “As the United States attorney (Len) instilled a level of excellence, professionalism and commitment to public service that exists to his day… (and) his presence is felt everyday in numerous, often subtle ways. Whether it be in the recognition that depriving a person of his liberty is an awesome responsibility that requires the utmost care or in the treating of others with respect, his influence is never far.  

“Lenny was the paradigm of what a prosecutor should be. He balanced aggressive advocacy with compassion,” Gershel noted. “While he always took his work seriously he never took himself too seriously. A smile and self-deprecating sense of humor could disarm the most strong-willed adversary.”

Cost for the “2023 Leonard R. Gilman Award Luncheon” is $45 for FBA members and $60 for non-members/guests. To register for the luncheon, visit https://fbamich.org and click on “calendar.”


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